Introducing Bill Evans

It’s a great pleasure to introduce Bill Evans as a Guest Contributor. Bill is one of my oldest friends in the bluegrass world, and I take a measure of personal pride in seeing the success he has achieved as both a performer, and an educator.

He and I were young banjo seekers together in Norfolk, VA in the mid 70’s, where we both were born and raised, and I have followed his career, and maintained a friendship since that time, ultimately featuring Bill in a number of banjo instructional DVDs with AcuTab.

Bill Evans has been involved professionally with bluegrass music and the banjo for over twenty-five years as a player, teacher, writer and historian. He occupies a unique niche in the banjo world: celebrated worldwide for his traditional and progressive bluegrass banjo styles as well as his outstanding original compositions, he also enjoys a reputation as a great teacher and workshop leader.

As if this isn”t enough, he is also an American music historian, with a master’s degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley as well as being an expert player of 19th century minstrel and classic/parlor banjo styles. He currently performs with renowned old-time and bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Jody Stecher in a show called The Secret Life of Banjos, and will unveil his new band, the six piece Bill Evans String Summit, in early 2006.

Visit Bill online on his web site.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.